Report Nick's first long outrun in Training Discussion Posted October 9, 2007 Nick & I sorted ewes & put in rams today (a month later than I had planned, but life got in the way). Seven ewes wandered off while I was sorting the ram that was going to breed them, it was the end of the day, and I just didn't feel like walking all the way down the field to get them. So I got brave. Up to this point, I haven't sent Nick (who was 3 in June) on an outrun much longer than about 25-50 yards. Short runs- most of them are more like large flanks. Today, it was about 100 yards, and he had to go over a hill in the middle where I couldn't see him. Like I said, end of the day- I was tired! So away he goes (literally). And I wait. I see him go up & down the hill. And I wait for what seemed like ever. Then here come the ewes trotting nicely over the hill! Oh, I almost jumped up and down! Nick usually rushes the sheep, but he had these ewes going at a nice, even trot. It was lovely! He's really a great working dog- I have no intent on trialing, although he could do it- I'm just not into it. I still get so worried about penning... my old dog, who is now a happy pet, really was not a "worker." He'd quit, ignore you, leave the field... Not Nick! He had the ewes penned in no time, with no dallying, no fussing, no letting anyone squirt out past the gate. Such a relief! Now the question: I've seen a lot of folks stop a dog at the lift. The guy I bought Nick from said he did it. Whenever I stop Nick, however, when he gets going again, he's so anxious (I guess) to get the sheep going he rushes into them & they go flying off. If I leave him be & let him keep moving, everything is fine for the most part. We still have some work to do... Any reason that a dog should be stopped at the lift? Thanks! I'm a serious training newbie... number one reason I didn't get a puppy.